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12 Clarendon Reviews
The en-suite is a little small but other than that the accomodation is pretty good! I live on the top floor and the roofs do get in the way a bit. All in all, it is some of the better accomodation in my opinion, 20 minute walk to the Uni up the hill isnt as bad as everyone says. Very close to town and right next to the sea. If you are lucky enough to get a sea view, can't really go wrong with this accomodation! Only reall issue is that there is no common room / lounge / social room for people to hang around in, just the tables and chairs in the kitchen.
If you're lucky enough to get a sea view room then you will see the most beautiful sunsets of your life. The perfect location for nights out, normally takes 5-10 minuets to walk home (get a bus pass for daytime). The quality of the living space isn't too great in terms of comfort (only a kitchen with dining table) but the kitchen is modern with plenty of space. However bedrooms are nice and homely, and are always, constantly, warm! The en-suits reminds one of an aeroplane cabin, yet great for one's very own tiny steam room! Could do with better laundry facilities as there are only 4 washing machines for 400 residents, although there are two launderettes in town. Penglais hill is a killer but worth not living on campus as shopping is so much easier being near town.
Don't count on getting a room with a sea view as the majority of rooms either face towards the rear courtyard or the back road. I was unfortunately given a room facing the courtyard. The room is tiny, oddly shaped and barely gets any sun. Even when the window is closed (which is not often due to the heat) you can hear every single noise coming from outside; the door slamming every couple of minutes, the communal bins being moved, people talking. I'm on the 5th floor and I can hear people whispering on the ground floor. The en-suite bathroom would be nice if it wasn't for the fact it is tiny. My flatmate joked that you can pee in the loo, shower and brush your teeth at the sink all at the same time. The bathroom always seems slightly damp due to the rubbish ventilation, and because the shower curtains are too short, water always covers the floor and splashes into your bedroom through the gap under the bathroom door. Would not stay here again unless a sea view was guaranteed.
Management team really nice and helpful, inspector from the uni is a grade A W*nker.. There is no common area other than the kitchen, and for the price you would expect at least a sofa in the kitchen, but no nothing. Don't expect a sea view, because the chances are you'll be stuck in the back of the building. only positives are, the fact we have our own en-suites and an walk out on to the beach and seafront everyday, its closer to town for when you're heading out and coming back, but you'll have to walk up the penglais hill for lectures which isn't great. overall hasn't been the worst experience but, they definitely need to do some upgrades for the price, simple lick of paint over the breeze block walls at least, or installing some carpet that doesn't come up every time you hoover , perhaps an oven that not 60 years old , and a"bathroom" (closet in your room ) that doesn't have things falling off all the time and stop using the students as an excuse and taking them for a ride.
Not worth the money. For the same rent if you really want to live in halls (I still think that private accommodation is much better), choose Rosser - better facilities, bigger room and shower. One of my windows was broken (I couldn't close it), so contacted uni staff in order to repair it. What did they do? Well, they have repaired my window so well that I couldn't open it for the next 4 months. Don't know how other halls at Seafront look like inside, but I would definitely NOT recommend Clarendon.
Expensive, 'ensuites' are actually just cupboards, nice location to see the sea bit of a bitch for uni but you knew that when you signed up. Only social space is kitchen as no lounge so not overly fun unless you want to spend all day sat in each other's rooms. Wifi is pretty poor, it's eduroam after all what can you expect?
En suite and flatmates were the only positives. Looked like prision cell, super sensitive fire alarms, room checks once a term where you fail for things like a 'steamed mirror' , had a broken toilet seat for over five months before it was fixed, despite contacting them almost every week. Also no lift avalible to the floors due to it being broken during the floods.
The toilets/showers at reading festival were more appealing. The walls remind me of youth club in year 6 but at least the Internet is decent and the view is great (yet if you don't have a seafront view you just stare at a wall)